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Chief, you will struggle to find many 470 owners who''ve worked their boats hard or crossed an ocean, I suspect. It''s just not likely to attract that kind of crowd.
- unsupported rudder
- one seaberth (maybe) on a 47'' boat?
- ''open interior'' volume maximized at the expense of storage
- a sail plan that needs modifying for offshore work
- is the entire monocoque structure really engineered for the last half of your planned Circle?
You seem to have given in-depth thought to ''systems'' and probably, like the rest of us, are looking forward to customizing your boat to suit your own needs & preferences. But it''s a bit like building the dream house on a slippery slope to begin the process with a vessel intended (designed, engineered & outfitted) for other, less demanding uses.
BTW the prior post is dead-on about the challenge of finding a boat to be suitable as both a condo and a world cruiser. OTOH I''m sympathetic to the value of incrementally adding the systems and building the sailing & offshore learning curve with a given boat before taking off, and have done so twice while living aboard. It''s certainly do-able but your biggest ''threat'' could be to incrementally modify/equip the boat while in condo mode, and find your priorities were out of whack for your deep cruising needs...no matter how strong the initial logic seemed to be at the time.
Good luck on the mulling...